Latest @ Luddenham by Wayne Willmington


The 115th Annual Luddenham Show has been and gone, and everyone seems to agree that it was a huge success. The official opening took place on Saturday afternoon with Ross Fowler OAM – Mayor of Penrith declaring the Show open. The King in Concert with David Cazalet was so entertaining, the kids loved the wrestling and the fireworks were amazing. This year’s Show saw an increase of pavilion entries with 1,261. A big thank you to all that were involved, volunteered or attended.

The RMS have released the latest plan for the M12 Motorway and held community information sessions where the project team were available to answer questions about the preliminary design and access strategy.
Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport was last month unveiled as the Airport’s operating name by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was joined by members of Nancy-Bird’s family. Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett said Nancy-Bird Walton’s pioneering spirit made her the perfect namesake for the transformational infrastructure project. “Western Sydney International is a once-in-a-generation project that promises a new era of jobs and opportunities for the millions of people who call the region home” Mr Millett said.

“I think it is a fitting recognition of a trailblazing aviator and one of Australia’s great pioneers, Nancy-Bird Walton”. Mr Millett said that the inclusion of ‘International’ in the name was important to ensure the premium nature of the airport is recognised globally. “This will be a full-service airport, offering international, domestic and freight flights” Mr Millett said.

The NSW Government has announced that the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) will be located in Penrith. The WCAA is tasked with planning and developing the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The Authority’s Board appointments so far – Chair: Dr Jennifer Westacott with Geoff Roberts, Gabrielle Trainor, Alan Stoneham, Mark Binskin and Sam Sangster was appointed as CEO. The 11,200-hectare Western Sydney Aerotropolis will be Greater Sydney’s newest economic hub. The Luddenham Agribusiness Precinct provides an opportunity to create a world-class agribusiness facility adjoining the Western Sydney Airport according to the recently formed WCAA.

The State Government also announced that they were fast tracking the Agribusiness Precinct. The new Agribusiness Precinct will link directly with the Sydney Markets, who have agreed to have a base at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. The Agribusiness Precinct will consist of a series of high-tech farming and climate-controlled glasshouses that will produce fresh food and handle incoming produce from NSW farms for global export – all from Luddenham.

Hopefully now, the WCAA will let us know what the plan is for the Luddenham Village.
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